The ASBP seeks to influence the development of a policy framework that takes a balanced and comprehensive view of all the aspects of sustainability. This means raising profile of the sustainable products agenda so that it sits alongside the energy, carbon and design agendas. Key policy areas such as Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and Carbon (The Carbon Plan) have been identified.
Priorities for the ASBP involve:
Engaging with key stakeholders such as UKGBC and the CPA so that they incorporate and contribute to the ASBP approach.
Developing clauses for NBS that discourage product substitution away from demonstrably sustainable building products.
Influencing government procurement practice so that demonstrably sustainable building products are specified.
Encouraging a greater recognition of the impact of products within building codes and encourage a move away from generic approaches to product specific sustainability assessment.
ASBP Policy - Current and Recent:
Embodied Carbon Industry Task Force Recommendations
Proposals for Standardised Measurement Method and Recommendations for Zero Carbon Building Regulations and Allowable Solutions June 2014
The ASBP supports the work of the Embodied Carbon Industry Task Force, a group of practitioners, academics and developers who have an interest in ensuring that embodied carbon is integrated into normal good practice building design and development.
The main objectives of the Task Force is to build industry-wide consensus on how embodied carbon should be measured and reported and to develop a methodology such that Embodied Carbon may be included as an Allowable Solution within the definition of Zero Carbon Building regulations for both Residential and Commercial Property.
UKGBC Zero Carbon 2019 - Non Domestic Task Group
ASBP contribution to the consultation process January 2014
The UK-GBC Zero Carbon Non Domestic Task Group has been formed to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of 'zero carbon' for non-domestic buildings that works for industry. With the conslutation on draft proposals now closed, it will next report on 27th February, 2014. UKGBC are currently going through all the consultation responses and having further discussions with the Task Group.
BREEAM 2014 Consultation
ASBP Response August 2013
The ASBP has coordinated this response to the current open consultation on BREEAM which closed on 9th August 2013. The ASBP believe that BREEAM is not encouraging best practice in the specification and use of products and materials. This response was initiated after discussions at an environmental product declaration (EPD) event organised by the ASBP and PE International held on 3rd July 2013. Jane Anderson of PE International prepared the initial draft.
Carbon Sequestration within Buildings; a substantial climate change mitigation opportunity
ASBP Position Paper April 2013
The ASBP prepared a position paper in conjunction with our members, following on from our policy seminar, 'Sequestered Carbon - From forests to buildings' on March 26th 2013.
The paper makes recommendations on how carbon sequestration could be encorporated into industry wide policies such as EPDs, the Allowable Solutions and embodied impact targets.
The BRE Green Guide to Specification
ASBP Critique December 2011
This document is a summary of the key shortcomings of the BRE Green Guide to Specification (Green Guide) and its use as a planning instrument as well as a means of gaining credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes. The summary has been prepared by the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) as a means of informing the output from the Green Building Guidance Task Group set up by the UKGBC. The main purpose of providing this critique is to suggest how the UKGBC could help to accelerate sustainability advances within the construction products sector.